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Complaints Procedure

In this practice we take complaints seriously and we aim to ensure that all our patients are pleased with their experience of our service. When a patient complains, he/she is dealt with courteously and promptly so that the matter is resolved as quickly as possible. This policy is based on these objectives.

In responding to a complaint we aim to treat you the way we would like to be treated if we were in your position.

We aim to respond to your complaint effectively and ensure that we take the opportunity to learn and improve our service.

The person responsible for dealing with any complaint about the service which we provide is Amanda Small, practice manager.

If a patient makes a verbal complaint, we will listen to and offer to refer him or her to Amanda Small without delay. If Amanda Small is not available at the time, then the patient will be advised when they will be able to talk to the dentist and arrangements will be made for this to happen. The member of our team will take brief details of the complaint and pass them on.

If a patient complains in writing the letter or email will be passed to Amanda Small without delay.

If a complaint is about any aspect of clinical care it will normally be referred to the dentist.

We will acknowledge the patient’s complaint in writing and enclose a copy of this complaints policy as soon as possible, normally within five working days.

We will seek to investigate the complaint and respond within a reasonable time period. We will notify the patient, giving them an idea of the time-scales.

We will provide our response the complaint in writing as soon as possible after completing our investigation.

Proper and comprehensive records are kept of any complaint received.

If patients are not satisfied with the result of our procedure then a complaint may be made to:

The Dental Complaints Service

The Lansdowne Building, 2 Lansdowne Road
Croydon, Greater London, CR9 2ER
Tel: 08456 120 540
Website www.dentalcomplaints.org.uk

The General Dental Council

37 Wimpole Street, London. W1N 8DQ
Tel: 0845 222 4141

The dentists’ regulatory body for complaints about professional misconduct.

Northern Ireland Ombudsman

Freepost BEL 1478, Belfast, BT1 6BR
Tel: 0800 343424 or www.ni-ombudsman.org.uk

For complaints about NHS treatment

Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA)

9th Floor Riverside Tower, 5 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3BT

Tel: 02890 517500, fax: 02890 517501